Chinese Tech Phone Maker Huawei Launches Mate 20 Pro Featuring In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Two-Way Wireless Charging, 3 Rear Cameras and 4,200mAh Battery
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- Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro has a massive screen,
- three cameras on the back and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.
- From a report: The new top-end phone from the Chinese firm aims to secure its place at the top of the market alongside Samsung, having recently beaten Apple to become the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in August.
- The Mate 20 Pro follows Huawei’s tried and trusted format for its Mate series: a huge 6.39in QHD+ OLED screen, big 4,200mAh battery and powerful new Huawei Kirin 980 processor — Huawei’s first to be produced at 7 nanometres, matching Apple’s latest A12 chip in the 2018 iPhones.
- New for this year is an infrared 3D facial recognition system, similar to that used by Apple for its Face ID in the iPhone XS, and
- one of the first fingerprint scanners embedded in the screen that is widely available in the UK, removing the need for a fingerprint scanner on the back or a chin on the front.
- The Mate 20 Pro is water resistant to IP68 standards and has a sleek new design reminiscent of Samsung’s S-series phones, with curved glass on the front and back.
- The back also has an new pattern etched into the glass, which is smooth to the touch but ridged when running your nail over it.
- On the back is a new version of Huawei’s award-winning triple camera system using a 40-megapixel standard camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with a 3x optical zoom and new for this year is a 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, replacing the monochrome sensor used on the P20 Pro.
- The Mate 20 Pro runs EMUI 9, which is base
- $1,214 USD.
Samsung Says Its Foldable Phone Will Be a Tablet You Can Put In Your Pocket
11 Slashdot / by BeauHD / 3 days ago
The CEO of Samsung’s mobile business, D.J. Koh, said you’ll be able to use its upcoming foldable smartphone as a tablet that you can put in your pocket. While the phone has been teased and hyped up for several months, Koh stressed that it will not be a “gimmick product” that will “disappear after six to nine months after it’s delivered.” It’ll reportedly be available globally. CNET reports: However, the foldable Samsung phone, like the Galaxy Round, will be Samsung’s testbed device to see how reviewers and the market react. The Galaxy Round, which bowed vertically in the middle, was Samsung’s first curve-screen phone. It’s a direct ancestor to the dual curved screens we see on today’s Galaxy S9 and Note 9 phones. The larger screen is important, Koh said. When Samsung first released the original Galaxy Note, he said, competitors called its device dead on arrival. Now, after generations of Notes phones, you see larger devices like the iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 3 XL, proving that consumers want bigger screens. A foldable phone would let screen sizes extend beyond 6.5 inches.
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Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder dead at 65
- Paul Allen died today at 65 from cancer. He is best known for his partnering with Bill Gates to found Microsoft.
- Paul Allen and Bill Gates met in Private School and would later drop out of college to pursue their High School software dreams.
- Bill Gates stated that “Personal Computing would not have existed without Paul Allen.”
- Paul Allen left Microsoft in the 80’s (before the 90’s boom) but not before he became a billionaire. He owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.
- He also founded Vlucan; an investment firm for his philanthropy. He also founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the aerospace firm Stratolaunch. He also backed research into nuclear-fusion power.
Facebook Is Testing An Unsend Feature For Messenger
19 Slashdot / by BeauHD / 3 days ago
Facebook is reportedly testing a feature that will let you take back what you send via Messenger. The company said it was working on the feature back in April after TechCrunch caught it deleting messages from CEO Mark Zuckerberg. After TechCrunch asked Facebook about its progress on the Unsend feature, the company said: “Though we have nothing to announce today, we have previously confirmed that we intend to ship a feature like this and are still planning to do so.” From the report: Now we have our first look at the feature thanks to TechCrunch’s favorite tipster Jane Manchun Wong. She’s managed to generate screenshots of a prototype Unsend button from Facebook Messenger’s Android code. Currently, you can only delete messages from your own inbox — they still remain in the recipients’ inbox. But with this Unsend feature prototype, you’re able to remove a message from both sides of a conversation. However, the code indicates that in the current prototype there’s a “time limit.” That may mean users would only have a certain amount of time after they send a message to unsend it. That would essentially be an editing window in which users could take back what they said.
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- Android controls more that 80% of the world’s mobile market share.
- Google has given Android free to Phone Makers but requires all Android phones to come preloaded with Google’s Apps like Search, Maps & Chrome.
- The EU fined the $5B by arguing that this requirement gives Google an unfair advantage on the Mobile market.
- Google has responded and said it will comply but any phones going to EU will need to pay a licensing fee if they want to install Google’s mobile Apps (Play store, Gmail, TouTube, Maps etc.).
- Apparently this was exactly what the EU wanted; incentive for competitors to develop alternatives.
- Will this inspire innovation or will people just sideload the Playstore and then download their Apps?
BitTorrent usage has bounced back because there’s too many streaming services and too much exclusive content.
- Game of Thrones (HBO)
- House of Cards (Netflix)
- Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
- Jack Ryan (Amazon)
- It’s getting almost as expensive to subscribe to all these services as it was to pay for cable. Is it worth it?
- Turkish Officials claimed that Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Apple Watch recorded his torture and execution.
- Khashoggi handed his iPhone to his fiance before he entered the Saudi Arabian Consulate.
- Could have the Blue Tooth been enough to get through the walls and sync with the phone?
- Turkish Officials also claim that his assailants noticed the recording and unlocked the watch with Khashoggi’s fingerprint and proceeded to delete files.
- Some believe that his watch could have synced via LTE but Turkey doesn’t have that technology.
- Lastly, the Apple watch doesn’t have touch ID to recognize fingerprints.
- More likely a cover story to protect an informant inside the Consulate.
- Many believe that Turkey has the Consulate bugged.
- 90 year old man has been charged in slaying his 67 year-old step daughter.
- Her fitbit was used to destroy his alibi.
- The authorities compared surveillance video to the woman’s fitbit data.
- The fitbit shows her heart rate spike at 3:20pm followed by a rapid slowing of her heart rate which stopped at 3:28 pm (official time of death).
- The surveillance video shows the 90-year-old parked in front of her house from 3:12 – 3:33.
- Other evidence was used to tie him to the crime such as her blood on a couple of his shirts.